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What To Do If You Think You Have TMJ.

Updated on October 8, 2011

If you suspect you have TMJ or Temporomandibular Dysfunction or Disorder then you owe it to yourself to become as well informed as possible about this complex disorder and in particular the structure and makeup of the joint. Also, there are many treatment options available if you actually do have TMJ disorder so having a good grasp of the anatomy of the temporomandibular joint will benefit you greatly.

I would further add that before you do anything else, such as consulting a medical professional that you write down a list of your symptoms and do not leave anything out. For example, TMJ is a complex disorder and even though your symptoms will be unique to you do not overlook such things as headaches, dizziness, numbness, ringing in the ears, aches in the ears, neck and should pain, grinding or clenching teeth, sore teeth, bite out of alignment, sleep problems, redness of the face or swelling, noises like clicking and popping when you open and close the jaw, tender muscles on the head, inability to open mouth wide, difficulty chewing. .Once you have your list of symptoms, I suggest that you get well informed on the structure of the bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves and how they all relate to the actual normal functioning of the TM joint.

Knowing that the TM points are simply hinges that let you open and close your mouth or move it from side to side is okay but having a complete understanding of the “articular disc” that is unique in the human body and how the bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves all work together will be hugely beneficial. Not only will this deepen your understanding of your symptoms and allow you to decide if they are related to TMJ dysfunction but it will also help when you speak with a health professional about your condition. If you have also informed yourself of the many treatment options out there it will make it easier to discuss those options with your doctor. You may find that your doctor may recommend a medical or dental procedure and having the benefit of having educated yourself on the anatomy of the TMJ will help you.make informed decisions about such procedures.

Once you have reviewed available TMJ remedies you will know that most sufferers can get relief from natural or home remedies and they do not require any medical intervention. As with any health issue it is important to have a good understanding before you seek professional help. The saying “Forewarned is forearmed" is absolutely true.


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